Rate-Jacking: Risk-Based and Opportunistic Pricing in Credit Cards
30 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2011 Last revised: 25 Apr 2012
Date Written: 2011
This Article, part of a theme-volume on the Credit C.A.R.D. Act, explores the phenomenon of credit card “rate-jacking” — the practice of card issuers suddenly raising the interest rate on an account, often applying the new rate retroactively to existing balances. This Article examines the degree to which rate-jacking — now largely prohibited by the Credit C.A.R.D. Act — and credit card pricing generally reflects risk-based or opportunistic pricing.
Keywords: credit cards, Credit CARD Act, risk-based pricing, opportunistic pricing, shrouded pricing, double-cycle billing, residual interest, float, securitization, static pool, revolver, transactor
JEL Classification: K00, K12, K23
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